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Working Up to the Next Big One

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Science  22 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5559, pp. 1456
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5559.1456

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A pair of geophysicists has found that each of California's nine large quakes of the past 50 years was preceded by a rising chorus of regional seismicity. The finding prompts speculation that some major quakes could be anticipated years ahead. But in a field with a history of overreaching, researchers are probably more excited by the analysis being grounded in basic geophysics.